HOA Town Hall Meeting, Oct, 2012 (pics below)


The success of this meeting has now guaranteed future HOA Town Hall Meetings.
Meeting sites considered are Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, Denver metro area, and Grand Junction.

HOA Town Hall Meeting, Aurora, CO, October 2012  (Our observations on the event posted in Blog)

Note, pictures were taken nearly 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.  We intended on taking more pictures but got preoccupied with seating an overflow crowd.  
Homeowners filled the conference room, were sitting in the hallway (our apologies and this won't happen again), and some were unfortunately turned
away or left due to the crowd.  

Thanks to everyone who attended.  This was an overwhelming success and exceeded everyone's expectations.  The meeting was hosted by five
Colorado State Representatives (see our flyer), members from the property management and mediation professions, and a member from DORA
(Colorado Information Office and Resource Center).  

We are planning on another HOA Town Hall Meeting in the future in the Denver metro area and are working with folks in Fort Collins and Grand Junction to hold similar
events.  
A sincere thanks to all of you on getting involved in HOA issues and expressing your concerns on a need for legislative reform and the licensing of property management
companies.

What you can't see is that the hallways are full and that many were turned away by the Fire Marshall due to limitations on capacity.  
Denver Real Estate News Article
on HOA Town Hall Meeting

Channel 7 News  HOA Story

CAI Blames Homeowners for HOA
Problems
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Colorado HOA Forum:  Homeowner Advocates
State of Colorado Outreach Meeting, Mar 18, 2013

The meeting was conducted by the head of the State's HOA Office, gary.kujawski@state.co.us who focused mostly on a review of his office's roles and
responsibilities and the latest State HOA Report (2012).  Gary also reviewed proposed HOA legislation and then turned the meeting over to a question and answer
session from attendees.  The meeting room was mostly occupied by homeowners but also included many from the property management industry and myself
representing the Colorado HOA Forum (HOA homeowner advocacy group).  The interchange was at times intense with homeowners seeking methods to enforce
existing HOA law and legislation with focus on some sort of out of court binding dispute resolution process and a call for licensing and regulating property
management companies.  Stan (me) explained a process his group advocates that would move most HOA disputes out of court for dispute resolution and into a
med-arb process (mediators trained in HOA law with decision making authority) that is affordable, expeditious in reaching solutions, less litigious, and at no cost to
the taxpayer.  The process is said to be needed as all current HOA law and HOA governing documents provide no language of enforcement from the homeowner's
perspective except a costly Court System.  The attendees were nearly unanimous in their advocating licensing property management companies that are viewed as
a major contributor to HOA problems.  The group also asked Gary to consider a future Denver-metro area HOA Town Hall Meeting with the focus on questions and
answers from homeowners utilizing a panel with of representatives from the HOA community including a representative from the property management industry,
HOA consumer groups, professional mediation groups, State legislators, and himself.  Gary was open to the idea.  Overall the Outreach Meeting supported a need
for HOA legislative reform and a continuing need to gain input from homeowners to build on to current legislative efforts.